Employment is a goal for everyone in society. We want to contribute, to earn a living, and to be successful. However, during early recovery, finding employment, maintaining a career, and achieving financial success may become a difficult and frustrating journey. Unfortunately, these feelings of angst and adversity may lead to a relapse or return to substance use among those in recovery.

The Study and It’s Findings

According to an article published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a study conducted by The Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery, fewer than half of the study’s 311 participants obtained employment while in various stages of recovery. Participants included a broad range of individuals in recovery from early to stable, up to three years. Perhaps unsurprisingly, being male and Caucasian race increased the odds of employment among this population of recovering individuals. Conversely, having chronic physical or mental health conditions decreased the odds of individuals in recovery obtaining employment by half. Furthermore, women and minorities experienced difficulties in finding jobs while in recovery. 

Thus, the four biggest predictors of employment status among individuals in recovery are:

  • Being male
  • Being Caucasian
  • Having mental health conditions
  • Having chronic physical health issues
What’s Next?

There is a definite need to identify successful strategies to improve employment status among women, minorities, and those with multiple physical or mental conditions while in recovery. These discoveries merely highlight the social issues within our country, particularly regarding the role of race and gender on employment status. Women experience various barriers to employment, including poor motivation and physical health. Furthermore, the pressure of finding a job and sustaining employment may be a considerable source of stress for those in early recovery. For example, individuals returning to the job they did before recovery, may face more social challenges at work including scrutiny or judgment. Also, returning to a job characterized by high stress may increase the risk of relapse, and may have contributed to the substance misuse in the first place. 

Are You or Someone You Know Seeking Help?

A natural part of recovery from a substance use disorder is setbacks and subsequent frustrations. The best way to navigate through recovery is to have a plan in place, coping skills, and a strong support system to conquer these struggles. Determination and preparation will help maintain a long and happy life free of addiction to drugs or alcohol. 

At Alta Loma Transformational Living, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  Alta Loma uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, where you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 866-457-3843.